The first bookmark is finished. I scanned it today and mucked about with the pattern layout. The bookmark is 2-sided, but wouldn’t have to be. I like it! I especially like the bookmark style. It’s not a typical needlework bookmark. Beyond it’s job as a bookmark, it’s a neat way to display needlework, if you ask me. More on that when the pattern is released.
I have a plan for the next bookmark design, which will be a companion to this one. I need to do a rough draft, then let Mike work his magic. These first 2 patterns give a nod to librarians, particularly kids’ librarians. They are the front-line soldiers in the literacy battle, so it seemed an appropriate place to start.
I’d like to have a number of patterns finished by fall, then have a “bookmark drive” or some such event, where we could shower schools and libraries with bookmarks during Children’s Book Week in November. I’ll sponsor a contest for shops, offering prizes for the shop that collects/creates the most bookmarks (any pattern), collects the most Funk & Weber Designs bookmarks, etc. Shops can then donate them to a school or library in their community. Stitchers without local shops can donate theirs locally or send them to me.